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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who made love to Momma's maid, leading to her prompt firing?

2. What type of animal does Guillaume work with in his business?

3. What school subject does Manny Pedilla excel in?

4. What does Augie claim gangster funerals smell like?

5. What penalty does Augie receive when the department store presses charges against him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Simon and Augie compete when enrolled in college?

2. Who is Charlotte Magnus?

3. What quarrelsome love triangle does Augie have to sort out, even though he is not involved in it?

4. What other famous disabled persons does Augie contemplate as he is caring for William Einhorn?

5. Why do Augie and William visit a whore house together?

6. What religion does Augie's family practice?

7. Why is Augie fired from his job at Deever's Department Store?

8. Why is Augie sent to live with his cousins, the Coblins?

9. What job does Augie help Dingbat with which involves travel to Michigan?

10. How does Augie betray William after the stock market crash?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augie's relationship with Mimi Villa is one that stays with him for the majority of his adult life. First, describe Mimi Villa. Where did she and Augie meet? Then, describe the incident that you believe led to the deep bond that formed between these two teenagers. How did they act as friends for each other in a way no one else would have been capable of? Then, describe the reaction from Augie's family and friends to his platonic relationship with Mimi. What troubles did he get into having such a close female friend? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

This novel covers a great span of historical time, including the labor movements of the 1930's. First, describe the complaint laborers had in the 1930's. How was their situation fueled by the stock market crash of the 1920's? Describe at least three of the political parties that were formed as a result of the labor movement. What was each of their stances on the rights of workers in the 1930's? Discuss Augie's involvement with the labor movement. How did Augie's involvement affect his life personally during the 1930's? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

While Augie is aboard the MacManus working for the Merchant Marines, he is one of two men who manage to live through the ship's sinking. Describe the way that Augie managed to save his life when all the other soldiers went down with the ship. Then, describe the way that Augie paid homage to the lives of the sailors lost at sea. To whom did he tell the sailor's stories? Finally, describe how Augie finally made it back to land after drifting in the water for days. What was Augie's emotional reaction to his homecoming? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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